Let This Awesome Kid Teach You How to Make a Sonic Screwdriver

A while back, I posted a little write-up on how I made my sonic screwdriver prop for my 10th Doctor costume. It doesn’t light up or anything, but it looks pretty close to the real thing. I’ve been wanting to go back and make one that has all of the electrical bells and whistles, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Maybe sometime when I do make one, I’ll post a tutorial. Meanwhile, I think I’ll just let this guy teach you.

Is he not the most awesome kid ever? I have a degree in electrical engineering, so of course I’m comfortable brandishing a soldering iron at stuff, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone quite so young who could finish that entire project. He even included a wiring diagram! And he advised the use of heat-shrink! I absolutely love this tutorial, and I especially like that he encourages folks to design their own housing.

There aren’t many videos on the YouTube channel where you can watch this, and that’s a shame. I’m subscribing anyway, though, just in case he decides to make more. I’m just feeling totally inspired and pumped right now, and I want to go and make something. I may have to make a stop off at the hardware store and Radio Shack after we go grocery shopping this week. Or maybe I’ll just make a DigiKey order…

What about you? Did you enjoy this video? If you did, go give it a like on YouTube and share it with all the DIY-minded Whovians you know. Heck, share it with people who might not ordinarily do something like this: it might make them want to give it a try.

[via Offbeat Home]

Geek-ly Roundup: Firefly Cupcakes, Lego LOTR Stopmotion, and More

In case you missed the giant logo, welcome back to the Geek-ly Roundup!

This time, I’m actually posting for last week…I wrote up this draft then went off to New York Comic Con and kinda forgot about it. Oops.

In any case, I’ve got some great links coming your way about all kinds of geeky stuff, so grab a snack and get ready for a mini-tabsplosion.

  • Firefly: Shiny Mudder’s Milk Chocolate Cupcakes (Bakingdom): This blog has some of the yummiest looking recipes ever, and many of them are even geeky. This one for Firefly fans sounded especially tasty.
  • Candy Corn Crunch (Pintester): Somehow, this ended up being one of the sites I read most regularly, so don’t be surprised if it makes an appearance every week. In any case, the candy corn crunch pin she tried out looks tasty enough to rot your teeth out.
  • Treasury Tuesday: Halloween Nostalgia (Mom’s Basement): The folks at Mom’s Basement put together a fun Etsy treasury to celebrate your favorite ghoulish holiday. I’m feeling rather inspired…maybe I’ll swing by Etsy sometime this month and make one myself.
  • In the Mines of ‘Give Me Moria’ of This! (Henchman-4-Hire): If you’re into Legos or Lord of the Rings, you need to go watch the stopmotion video in this post. It explains why that cave troll was so pissed at the fellowship in Moria. Too funny!
  • TARDIS Cameo Bracelet — Geeky Item of the Week (Geekopolis): This has to be one of the cutest Doctor Who bracelets I’ve ever seen. Want!
  • How hard do you want it? (the Little Red Reviewer): The author shares her random thoughts on hard science fiction and when it gets to be too academic. An interesting read that makes me think I’m more into soft sci-fi myself.

Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to leave links of your own to interesting nerdy stuff in the comments. :D

Geek-ly Roundup: Awesome Posts from Other Places

Starting this week, I’m officially changing the format of the Geek-ly Roundup to make it a place where I promote other bloggers I follow. There are some great people writing awesome stuff about games, crafts, anime, etc., and I want to share their work with all of you on a regular basis. Each week from here on, I’m planning to highlight a post or two from several different blogs that I enjoy reading. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy these pieces, as well!

I think we’ll call that a wrap for the link roundup this time. I’m planning to do this every week (though not necessarily on the same day every time), so send me links to cool stuff if you think it should be featured.

Doctor Who: Pond Life Mini Episodes

In case you haven’t heard, the new series of Doctor Who starts tomorrow. In anticipation of Saturday’s episode, the BBC has been releasing some amusing mini episodes as a sort of prequel. Collectively titled “Pond Life,” these minute-long shorts will definitely get you excited to start series seven. Watch the first one below, with links to the rest to follow.

If you liked part one and want to see the others, here are the links from the BBC’s official YouTube channel:

Are you eagerly anticipating the first episode of series seven, “Asylum of the Daleks”? Share your excitement, party plans, scarf patterns, favorite fezzes, and banana daiquiri recipes in the comments. :D

TARDIS of the Week #13

I probably should have waited on this one until it’s a little closer to the holidays, but I just couldn’t resist sharing it now. Also, if you like it, this will give you plenty of time to buy one so you can use it!

If you haven’t figured it out, this week’s TARDIS is a holiday ornament. This time, I actually found something that is official merch, too, so you can buy it straight from the BBC.

Isn’t this gorgeous? I really want one. Might have to make a set of 2D clay ones if I ever want to have a Doctor Who-themed Christmas tree. :D

If you like the TARDIS ornament, you might also enjoy the BBC’s red Dalek ornament, which you can check out here. Have you seen any nifty police boxes around the Internet lately? Link ‘em below!